Today I bought a second hand ring with two 1/2 carat diamonds form a
local man, who inherited it from his father, who had it made from his
mother’s diamonds. Kind of sad really, because nobody in the family
is especially interested in it.
Now here is the thing. I live in a small Mayberry kind of a town and
there are plenty of people who have fond memories of these people.
They certainly are not celebrities, but they were remarkable people
who have been part of the fabric of this community forever. I bought
the ring for the materials.
Should I treat these stones as anonymous “estate” pieces? It seems a
shame not to let the buyer know the legacy of the material since
these people were my friends, but I tend to think that if I tell
anyone locally about the provenance, that they might feel a little
creepy about it. The son who sold the ring doesn’t care what I say.
Any small town jewelers out there with experience in this situation?
I very rarely buy second hand jewelry.